1st Gen R52 Cooper Convertible Slight Shake/wobble

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  1. Milano666

    Milano666 New Member

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    I ahve a 2005 S convertible and have the wierdest slight wobble/shake in the front end. It seems to go in and out if I go over some bumps but I can ALWAYS feel it even on brand new smooth road. Anyone have any ideas of what it may be, It is not in the drivetrain, cluthch or transmission. Coudl it be shocks? they should not go bad this fast? could it be bushings? not the control arms? I am looking for ideas to look into before having to spend way too much if that is not needed. Thank you all for your suggestions :Thumbsup:
     
  2. Nathan

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    With an 05 I'd be suspect of the lower control arm bushings first. They are know to be a problem area and worth having looked at.
     
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    Check the lug nuts, too. Not sure how long it's been giving you the wobble, but it's always something useful to double check.
     
  4. BlimeyCabrio

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    Both good things to check.

    Also wheel balance.
     
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    x2 for wheel balance. Mine was giving me the wobble problem for the longest time. I have to move to the DIY home kit because of it.
     
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    How many miles did you say you have on it?
     
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    Don't overlook tires.
     
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  9. Milano666

    Milano666 New Member

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    I have checked balance, Alignment, and still has the smallest slightest wobble. I think the lower bushings may be the thing, hae diagnostic this next week to check it out.
     

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